On Saturday, booksellers across the U.S. celebrated Bookstore Romance Day, which is designed to give indies "an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction--its books, readers, and writers--and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community." Here's a sampling of bookshops sharing #BookstoreRomanceDay fun on social media:
|At Quail Ridge Books
Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, Tex.: "Happy #BookstoreRomanceDay! Here at Blue Willow, we are proud to celebrate #Romance. Come by the shop and share some joy with Cathy! There will be recommendations. There will be laughs. There will be hand flailing. See you soon, friends!"
Schuler Books, Okemos & Grand Rapids, Mich.: "It's Bookstore Romance Day! Amy and Lauren had a lot of fun recreating the covers of romance books! Which is your favorite?
Be sure to check out part 2 in a separate posting!"
Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, Mont.: "You better believe Jessica is celebrating Bookstore Romance Day! Give me all the sassy heroines, soft heroes, and werewolves! Oh, and witches!"
Books & Books, with several stores in South Florida: "Love is in the air and on our shelves! Today is #BookstoreRomanceDay. Make a date to stop in and shop the romance section in each of our locations!"
Bookery Manchester, Manchester, N.H.: "Pin the heart on the protagonist. 'I almost got it!!' "
|At Queen Anne Books
Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, Ky.: "Happy Bookstore Romance Day! Bookseller Emma is an avid reader and put together this stack of her favorite romance fiction."
An Unlikely Story, Plainville, Mass.: "Happy Bookstore Romance Day! Shop in-store today and get a free advanced reader copy when you purchase a book or gift item, while supplies last.
Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Va.: "#romance is in all genres! Preorder @ryka_aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars. Akil and I LOVE this book!"
The Ripped Bodice, Culver City, Calif.: "Amazing job! Still a few weeks left to submit your cards. #BookstoreRomanceDay is an excellent day to catch up! https://therippedbodicela.com/bingo."
Queen Anne Book Co., Seattle, Wash.: "Today is Bookstore Romance Day, with our booksellers showing their favorite romance novels.... What's yours?"
Lark and Owl Booksellers, Georgetown, Tex.: "Ashley is very proud of her ROMANCE BOOK display and really wants to share her favorite reads with fellow fans. If you are a lover of all things romantical and happy ever afterish, you should stop by today for BOOKSTORE ROMANCE DAY. We've got giveaways, prizes and lots of (Hershey's) kisses!"
Love's Sweet Arrow, Tinley Park, Ill.: "We were so lucky to spend #BookstoreRomanceDay with authors @MPMtheWriter and @BarbaraKeaton26 and they left signed books!"
Blue House Books, Kenosha, Wis.: "The best kind of date is one with a book! What would be your dream blind date with a book? Pop on into the store this weekend for Blind Date with a Book and see what mystery read awaits you!"
|At Lark & Owl Booksellers
Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, Mass.: "Happy Bookstore Romance Day from our little romance section to you!! These three shelves are *bursting* with love stories for all. Looking for queer regency romance? Modern feminist rom-coms? The thrilling romantic suspense novels of Selena Montgomery (aka @staceyabrams !!)? Sapphic love throughout history? We've got it all! Not quite sure romance novels are your cup of tea? Give it a try, you might just be surprised!"
Bards Alley Bookshop, Vienna, Va.: "We're opening the doors, so it's time to open your minds and share some #BookstoreRomanceDay opinions with us! Who is your bookseller crush? Which Bards Alley bookseller's mind is on the same wavelength as yours?"
Whitelam Books, Reading, Mass.: "Happy Bookstore Romance Day! We love our romance section--and romance readers! Come help us celebrate by buying some romance novels!"
The Doylestown Bookshop, Doylestown, Pa.: "We love our romance section--and romance readers! Come help us celebrate #bookstoreromanceday on 8/21."
the river's end bookstore, Oswego, N.Y.: "Love will beat the heat,/ And sweep you off your feet!/ Shout hip hip hooray,/ It's Bookstore Romance Day!"
Main Street Books, Davidson, N.C.: "Happy Bookstore Romance Day! We've got so many wonderful and uplifting Romance novels in store! For today only, a purchase of one of these heartwarming books will enter you into our giveaway!"
|At Rediscovered Books
Rediscovered Books, Boise & Caldwell, Idaho: "It's been a fabulous #BookstoreRomanceDay filled with book recommendations, balloons, stickers, chocolate, and good people."
Bookstore Romance Day: "Good night from the end of #BookstoreRomanceDay. I hope you got some great books and saw some great panels. Don't forget, we have even more in store for tomorrow, 'cos we couldn't fit it all in one day."